Optus - The Network
Optus offers key services based on its fixed-line cable infrastructure as well as its upgraded mobile networks. The Customer Access Network comprises a fibre and HFC network serving major business customers in all capital cities, as also in the major suburban business districts and regional centres. It also provides transmission capacity between Optus network facilities (exchanges and fibre access nodes) and for many Optus DSLAM sites. The HFC network is for telephony, broadband and pay-TV services, mainly to residential customers. This network was to be progressively decommissioned to 2018 under the original NBN plan, which called for a predominantly FttP-based architecture. As such, the HFC customers were migrated to the fibre-based NBN. Following a review of the NBN under the Coalition government, the NBN has become a multi-technology undertaking under which HFC plant continues to have a significant input. This has had implications for Optus's investment strategy regarding its extensive cable infrastructure.
Digital switching facilities, linked by fibre optic cable, have been installed in the major cities. The core HFC network has been upgraded with DOCSIS3.0 technology. The company continues to move ahead with technology updates to its networks. LTE networks were launched in late 2012 following consumer trials in the 1800MHz spectrum. Trial services have been launched using spectrum in the 700MHz ahead of the spectrum's formal allocation in early 2015. Using these assets, Optus expected to provide 70% population coverage by March 2015 and 98% coverage by the end of 2016.
Facilities to attract businesses to use cloud-based services over the IP network have been launched to make use of the new Optus 10 satellite, launched in September 2014.
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